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Categories : Insead, MBA Consulting

Insead MBAAtul Jose, Editor of F1GMAT, Interviewed Minh Huy Lai, Managing Director of the INSEAD MBA Programme to get a first-hand view of the curriculum, post-MBA opportunities, Campus structure, INSEAD's dominance in Management Consulting and the Admission process for the full-time MBA.

How does INSEAD complete the core and electives in such a short period (10 months) compared to US Business Schools that are typically 2-years in duration?
Minh (INSEAD MBA): When you look at the average age at INSEAD, it is 29. Our class is quite older. Students with considerable experience absorb faster. Another thing is that our Founder was an educator at Harvard Business School. He realized that we could deliver the same quality at a much shorter time. Our classes are longer in duration with a typical break at INSEAD ranging 3-4 days instead of 1-2 weeks that you see in US Schools. Our program is much more intense. That is how we cover so much in a short period. We have done that for 58 years. Recruiters will never come to us if we are not delivering on the quality of students at INSEAD. That is why INSEAD has...

Categories : Insead, MBA Consulting

Insead MBAIn the Second Part of the Interview with Minh Huy Lai, the Managing Director of INSEAD MBA Programme, we discuss the Admission process (Essays, Recommendation Letter and Interviews), the entry criteria (GMAT, International Exposure, Experience), and the scholarship opportunities for MBA Applicants.

Read the first part of the interview to learn about INSEAD's MBA Curriculum, Campus Structure and the program's success in attracting top recruiters from Management Consulting.

Are there any criteria in terms of International exposure when you accept INSEAD candidates? Should they have travel experience or is it just working with an International (Multinational) company that counts?

Minh (INSEAD MBA): First, let us discuss what International experience means. An applicant might be working in their home country for an International company, but if they have traveled and stayed in another country for work, we consider it an international experience. Or they should have worked with an international team and interacted with them on a regular basis. Even if the applicant has no...

Rotman MBAF1GMAT: Rotman Full-time MBA program has put emphasis on Integrative thinking and Business design. How is the curriculum structured to help MBA students?

Marie-Eve (Rotman MBA): Integrative Thinking is Rotman’s educational platform for training trans-disciplinary problem solvers who can synthesize and engage in different perspectives, theories, models and vantage points in real time. This model-based approach to problem solving is how Rotman grads develop an ability to achieve superior solutions.

As we know, business problems are becoming more and more complex, so the analytical approach of the past is no longer enough to compete effectively. To thrive in a world of rapid change, business people have to out-imagine the competition by learning how to think and act with ingenuity.  Rotman has become a world leader in promoting the principles and practices of design thinking- students will have an opportunity to learn about Business Design in both their first and second years.

In terms of the structure of our curriculum, Rotman...

F1GMAT: William & Mary’s MBA program has put emphasis on leadership development and experiential learning. How is the curriculum structured to help MBA students?

Mason School of BusinessThe structure of our program mirrors the business world by combining theory with practice. The 1st year core curriculum is fast-paced and rigorous, but supportive with diverse learning teams which allow our students to exchange ideas and achieve their full potential. William & Mary’s Leadership Development Experience fosters mentorships from day one, pairing every MBA with their very own personal coach through our truly unique and expansive Executive Partner Network, a cohort of over 100 senior business executives from more than 20 different industries. Active, semi-retired or retired, these leaders are like no others. They are an integral part of our community and Mason Family.

Following summer internship, the 2nd year MBA experience immerses students into the business world. They take part in two Career Accelerations Modules,...

HHL MBA Admission Team InterviewF1GMAT: HHL MBA has put emphasis on balancing theory with practical experience in its curriculum. Tell us how the curriculum is designed to help MBA Students.

Raluca Modoiu(HHL Full-time MBA):
At HHL we try to structure our program in the way that would best prepare our MBA students to the real world practices. Because our class is very diverse and not all students have the same background and practical experience, our practice-oriented courses and projects allow them to apply their knowledge to real business scenarios even before they leave HHL and thus prepare them for their professional career after the studies. This includes company visits as part of some program where students get a chance to analyze real cases using the skills and knowledge acquired during the course.

Another special feature of the MBA curriculum is a practical consulting project offered as one of the electives and run together with one of the chosen partners in the industry. During the student-consulting project, students are engaged in the development and implementation of a company project solving real problems.
It is also worth mentioning that HHL is deeply intertwined with the private sector and...

HEC Paris MBAWe interviewed Benoit Banchereau, the Director of Communication, Development and Admissions for the HEC Paris MBA. The interview covers questions related to the MBA program, Post-MBA trends, unique courses, visa policies for International students, and what makes HEC Paris MBA different from Insead.

1. F1GMAT: What is the biggest misconception about HEC Paris MBA Program?

The biggest misconception about the HEC Paris MBA program is that most of the students on the program are French. This is not the case. Due to the international approach at HEC Paris MBA, the student body is made up of 90% international students from over 40 nationalities. All students are also given the opportunity to learn French, which will help them if they choose to remain in France after their MBA.

2. F1GMAT: HEC Paris full-time MBA has given emphasis on Career Management and Leadership Development. How is the curriculum structured to give students the ability to choose their career path?

Our curriculum, which was redesigned in partnership with Bain and Company has two phases; the Fundamental Phase and the Customized...

GeorgeTown MBA Post MBA TrendsKatelyn Rosa Stephenson, Assistant Dean, Georgetown MBA Admissions shares details of merit & need based scholarships offered to Full-time MBA students, demographic snapshot of the latest class, entry criteria, & defining characteristics of a Georgetown MBA student.

Do you offer merit and need based scholarships?

Yes, we offer merit-based scholarships. Need-based financial aid is available to those who qualify. We review candidates for scholarships at the same time that we review their application for admission; no separate application is required. Everyone who completes an admission application is automatically considered for merit-based scholarship. 

Our scholarship evaluation process is holistic and takes into account both quantitative and qualitative indicators. As such, a student’s academic credentials, professional background, and potential for leadership are considered as part of the scholarship award process. 

Typically, students that fall in the upper echelon of the various ranges published in our admissions profiles are competitive for a...

GeorgeTown MBA MisconceptionKatelyn Rosa Stephenson, Assistant Dean, Georgetown MBA Admissions explains about Integrative Learning, and the advantages of Washington D.C as the school location.

Washington D.C opens up lot of opportunities. Can you give us some insights on the post-MBA opportunities in US?

Our Washington, D.C. location enables Business, Government, and International Leaders myriad opportunities to connect with our Georgetown MBA talent. For example, students who are interested in working at the cross section of business and policy have the advantage of being in close proximity to key organizations representing the public sector. 

The World Bank Group (International Finance Corporation, World Bank, etc.), U.S. Federal Government, International Development Consultancies and IMF are all headquartered in Washington, D.C. This proximity sets the foundation for alumni networking which ultimately can lead to internship and full-time employment opportunities.

Given Georgetown's focus on creating principled leaders with a global mindset, the opportunities to work with international organizations right here in Washington, D.C. are appealing.

Students complete...

F1GMAT: Tell us a little bit about Università Bocconi, SDA Bocconi School of Management. How did the SDA Bocconi Full-time MBA programme come to existence?

SDA Bocconi MBASDA Bocconi : SDA Bocconi School of Management is the leading Business School in Italy and also stands among the top-ranked European Institutions. Founded in 1971, with its over 30-year experience, SDA Bocconi offers a top MBA program, and a Global Executive MBA, both entirely in English, as well as the Executive MBA/Evening Executive MBA in Italian. It also offers many specialized masters and executive programs.

The school is positioned at the heart of Milan, a major capital of industry, finance, arts, media and, above all, fashion. Milan is a real-life laboratory for SDA Bocconi.  The city is home to a myriad of companies and stock markets to which students are directly exposed. SDA Bocconi added-value is that of having on one side the academic excellence and tradition, guaranteed by ‘Università Bocconi’, its reputation, strong faculty and...

F1GMAT: Foster Full-time MBA focuses on building a strong business fundamental before allowing students to pick their elective courses. How is the curriculum structured to help MBA students?

Erin Ernst Foster MBAErin Ernst (Foster MBA Admissions Director): The first-year integrated core curriculum provides students with a strong foundation in business fundamentals and, most importantly, shows students how these fundamental business concepts interrelate.  The core is designed to give students the tools they need to solve complex problems by drawing upon multiple areas of expertise. The second year of the program is primarily comprised of elective coursework, and is highly customizable. By choosing their electives, students are able to develop greater expertise in the areas directly related to their post-MBA career while continuing to increase their ability to take on cross-functional assignments. In addition to the core and elective curriculum, students are required to complete three practical experience activities (such as a project for a company, an internship, participating in the business plan competition, etc.)...

Linh Gilles - Carlson MBAF1GMAT: Carlson MBA has put emphasis on Experiential Learning. What are some of the unique courses and learning methodologies adopted in Carlson Full-time MBA program?

Linh Gilles(Carlson MBA): The Carlson School offers four Enterprise programs as part of the Full-Time MBA curriculum—Brands, Consulting, Ventures, and Funds—that provide an in-depth, transformational experience no other business schools offer.  In many ways, the Carlson School is the leader in experiential learning for business schools.  We were arguably the first MBA program to offer a true experiential learning opportunity with our first consulting project for a real client in the late 60s.

The way the Enterprise program experience is designed currently is, each semester, for 2.5 semesters, Full-Time MBA students are a part of student-managed teams in the Brand, Consulting or Ventures enterprises. Students work on high-profile, fee-based consulting projects with professionals at client organizations who expect real results.

Students in the Funds...

GeorgeTown MBA MisconceptionKatelyn Rosa Stephenson, Assistant Dean, Georgetown MBA Admissions shares some of the common misconceptions about the Full-time MBA program. She also provides an overview of the curriculum.

What is the biggest misconception about the Full-time MBA program?

The Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business appeals to a tremendously diverse population, in part because we are located in one of the most global cities in the world.  Washington, D.C. has a large international population and many people are attracted to our Program as result. 

While 75% of our students have non-native business, academic, or residency experience and 54% have non-native language proficiency
, we welcome all people that are interested in expanding their own global mindset, not just those who have already had the opportunity to do so.  The Georgetown MBA Program seeks to help create principled leaders with a global perspective through both academic and co-curricular opportunities during the MBA experience.

Some prospective students may be concerned that not having a “traditional” business background may be disadvantageous when applying to an...

GeorgeTown MBA Post MBA TrendsKatelyn Rosa Stephenson, Assistant Dean, Georgetown MBA Admissions shares details of Post-MBA Job Trends & Internship Opportunities. She also explains how useful the Full-time MBA program is for career switchers.

What are some of the post-MBA trends that you have seen recently?

The Georgetown McDonough School of Business has seen extraordinary improvement in employment outcomes for its international students.  In just two years from 2011 to 2013, non-U.S. students have seen a 15% increase in average starting salary, and a 27% increase in the percentage of students receiving offers before graduation.

These improvements came at the same time as record numbers of international students in the most recent graduating class (31%) accepted jobs in the United States (64%). These numbers are a testament to the quality of the Georgetown MBA Program’s international students, its emphasis on a global business perspective, and the constantly improving reputation of a Georgetown MBA around the world.

Do full-time MBA students get...

Rollins MBA1.What is the biggest misconception about Rollins Early Advantage MBA program?

The biggest misconception about the Early Advantage MBA program is that students need work experience or an undergraduate business degree to pursue the program.  The average amount of work experience of each incoming class is eight months, while 60% of our students did not major in business during their undergraduate careers.  In fact, our curriculum is designed to fit all undergraduate majors.

Another misconception is that the program is only for recent graduates.  Our program is also a good option for career transitions.  In the past few years, we’ve had several students join our program after completing 5-10 years of military service, who are now seeking a professional transition from a military to a civilian career.  In addition, we’ve had students who have experience in one area of business, who now seek a complete change of direction.  The focus and full-time engagement of our Early Advantage MBA program, including the...

Aston MBA Admissions TeamF1GMAT: Aston Full-time MBA Program’s Mindful Global Manager module looks interesting. Can you tell us a little bit more about it?

Dr Brigitte Nicoulaud (Aston MBA): Of course, our Mindful Global Manager (MGM) is the personal development component of the Aston MBA.  

It has been created by the renowned business psychologist, Dr Uwe Napiersky (PhD), to help globally-minded leaders develop:

•    self-awareness
•    critical thinking
•    intercultural skills

Throughout the MGM module, our MBA candidates develop the tools and confidence to build their personal brand, make a real impact in the workplace, and measure their professional growth.

Developing self-awareness

We aim to shape our candidates into global managers who act with a deeper understanding of themselves, their organisations, and their communities; and contribute positively to the...

JoeF1GMAT: EMLYON’s 1- Year International MBA program has focus on educating Entrepreneurs. How does EMLYON help budding entrepreneurs?

Joe LiPuma (EMLYON MBA Director):
The program has a number of essential elements to help budding entrepreneurs. First, the program commences with an exploration of ideas for new offerings to the market, and an examination of opportunities. We propose courses in entrepreneurial theory related to opportunity identification, evaluation, and exploitation followed by practice-oriented courses in developing ideas and concepts into feasibility studies. Participants are encouraged to develop their ideas, their feasibility analyses into business plans, which can be presented in international competitions. These projects can be subsequently launched into businesses, which may be supported by our incubator, one of the first (and best) in Europe.

In addition, the 9-month long Entrepreneurial Leadership Project (ELP) permits teams of participants to work with a company - to address an opportunity...

Ivey MBA Admissions TeamF1GMAT: Ivey MBA has put emphasis on Case Method Learning. What are some of the unique courses and learning methodologies adopted in Ivey MBA program? 

Jenni & Julia (
Ivey MBA): We are one of only a handful of truly case-based MBA programs in the world.  We believe you can’t be lectured into becoming a great decision-maker, therefore the focus in all of our courses is on practical learning.  This means that we mix cases with real-world projects and simulation activities.  A few of our most popular courses are Value Investing (with George Athanassakos), Negotiating for Leaders, High Impact Presenting and our International Study Trips (to China, India and South America).


Stephanie Will MannheimF1GMAT: Mannheim Full-time MBA’s One-Program 5-tracks look interesting. Tell us a little bit more about this.

Stefanie Will (Mannheim MBA): At Mannheim Business School (MBS), we offer participants five different routes to reach the MBA degree. This way, they have the unique opportunity to tailor their MBA to their interests and to qualify for the regions and markets in which they wish to work in the future. Participants can either complete the entire program in Mannheim or include stays at renowned partner business schools in their schedule.

During the

• German Track

Participants will study all four terms in Mannheim, which enables them to gain deep insight into the German economy and the local corporate world,

• Eurasian Track

Participants will spend three terms in Mannheim and one at one of our Asian Partner Business Schools,

• Transatlantic Track

Participants will study at one of our North American Partner Business Schools for one term and spend the rest of the time in Mannheim,

• European Track


Robin Virginia TechF1GMAT: Virginia Tech MBA focuses on building a strong foundation with First Year Core Courses. How is the curriculum structured to help MBA students?
Robin Camputaro (Virginia Tech MBA): The MBA degree allows a student to gain a broad perspective of various business disciplines.  Most MBA students come into the program with either no business background, or a previous business degree with narrow focus.  The 10 required core classes introduce a wide range of business functions, and provide the quantitative and analytical foundation for the more rigorous, advanced classes in the second year. A final spring class—Strategic Management—...

F1GMAT: The W. P. Carey MBA program has put emphasis on leadership development and in-depth learning. How is the curriculum structured to help MBA students?

Ruthie Pyles (W.P Carey MBA): The W. P. Carey School of Business full-time MBA program, currently ranked Top 30 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, features a leadership-development component that starts in the first quarter of study and continues through both years. We immerse students in a 360-degree peer review process and provide individual assessments, which include faculty feedback.

Students begin their leadership development with courses in strategic leadership, career leadership and organizational behavior. These classes utilize self-tests and peer feedback to help students develop personal insight into their own strengths and weaknesses. Students also work on personal-development plans, focusing on their own leadership skills. Plus, we teach students cutting-edge theoretical frameworks and best practices for leading organizations and employees. Throughout the first year, students learn how to...